CARLSBAD, CA –Â Red, white and blue confetti rocketed through the sky as LEGOLANDÂ® California Resort kicked offÂ Independence DayÂ weekend by unveiling the tallest LEGOÂ® building inÂ the United States of America, the One World Trade Center! The skyscraping LEGO model is featured in the newly remodeled Miniland New York located in the Park’s MinilandÂ U.S.A.
Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, the national anthem was performed by a brass band andÂ Lady LibertyÂ and Uncle Sam walked on stilts greeting guests. Hometown heroes from theÂ CarlsbadÂ Police Department andÂ CarlsbadÂ Fire Department gathered around the miniature Big Apple as honorary guestsÂ CarlsbadÂ Police ChiefÂ Neil GallucciÂ andÂ CarlsbadÂ Fire ChiefÂ Michael Calderwood, cut the ribbon officially reopening Miniland New York. Miniland New York features 25 new LEGO structures and new animation for guests to enjoy.
The One World Trade Center LEGO model is built with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks, and took eight Master Model Builders more than 1,200 hours to build.Â This dynamic structure weighs more than 1,000 pounds and towers at a record breaking 26 feet, making it the tallest LEGO model in the U.S. For the first time ever, guests can use a special LEGO tower viewer giving them a skyscraper view of MinilandÂ U.S.A.Â The area also features LEGO model replicas of the 9/11 Memorial’s twin reflecting pools, the grove of memorial trees and the impressive World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
Miniland New York and the One World Trade Center LEGO model open in time for the Resort’sÂ Red WhiteÂ and Boom! 4thÂ of the July celebration.Â The family fun event features activities such as water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, patriotic stroller parade, building activities and a fireworks display atÂ 8:30 p.m.The new LEGO models andÂ Independence DayÂ event are included with the price of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort